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  July 2021
Dear friends of The Community Foundation:

We have re-opened the office to fundholders and visitors by appointment. Our staff is fully vaccinated, and we ask only that you wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated or prefer not to disclose your vaccination status. We would be delighted to see you in person!

Your community foundation continues to grow, thanks to generous donors who continue to invest here. Our assets now total $550 million as of 12/31/2020. You can read all about the growth in the Report to the Community that will be available later this summer. And be sure to read CFO Grace Sacerdote’s column about our evolving approach to invested assets, and how we are providing more value for our fundholders.

You may have heard some news about the proposed King/Grassley legislation to require donor advised fundholders to accelerate grantmaking from their funds. While there is an exception specifically for community foundation fundholders in the proposed legislation, we are closely monitoring these developments. Our overarching goal is to make sure the new legislation doesn’t do unintended damage to community foundation fundholders or the essential nonprofits in our community. We belong to the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative, and you can read CFPAI’s statement on this proposed legislation here.

Our grant makers were busy this spring! Each year, approximately $50 million goes from funds at the Foundation to hundreds of effective organizations. Most grants are recommended by donors, but The Community Foundation has the independent authority over certain discretionary funds, and in the first four months of 2020, we’ve made more than $540,000 in grants to nonprofit agencies. For a full list of discretionary grants through May 1, please click here.

The Women’s Giving Alliance and the Beaches Community Fund both completed their grant cycle this spring. WGA granted more than $580,000 to agencies working to Break the Cycle of Female Poverty in Northeast Florida, while the Beaches Community Fund contributed more than $355,000 to local nonprofits that tackle difficult issues for their Beaches-area neighbors. And our LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida just finished the area’s first Many Sides of Pride Film Festival—where there were more than 630 registrants for the films, panels and discussions.
Grant Spotlight: Fort Mose
An exciting grant made earlier this year went to the Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine. Once a year, the Park holds Flight to Freedom—a re-enactment of the dangerous journey enslaved people made to Fort Mose, the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States. Our grant, combined with one from Florida Power & Light, will make it possible for visitors to experience the Flight to Freedom year-round with new, interactive signage and video enhancements.
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For more on our work in St. Augustine, contact Mark LeMaire.
John Zell: Newly Minted Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®
John Zell, Vice President, Development has attained the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP) designation—further strengthening his nearly 25-year history of service at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The Community Foundation hosted the initial CAP class, and John—along with Glenn Ullman, President, Ullman Wealth Partners, and Mariette Brodeur, Esq, MTBConsulting—completed the study and mastery of identifying philanthropic intent to maximize impact for clients and communities. All three achieved their CAP status in 2020 after more than a year of preparation.

The Community Foundation will host another class of financial advisors who are seeking the CAP status in the fall of 2021. If you are interested in joining, please contact John Zell at 904.356.4483.
Welcome, Kacie Smyth!
WPI Event News
Kacie Smyth has joined us as Director of the Women’s Giving Alliance (WGA). As the liaison between TCF and WGA, Kacie is responsible for WGA’s day-to-day administration in close collaboration with their member-elected volunteer leadership team. Kacie brings nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit strategic planning, donor relations and stewardship, and community engagement, most recently at Nemours Children’s Health System. We wish Teri Calinao, Kacie’s predecessor, best of luck as she leaves Jacksonville to pursue her new career path!
The Community Foundation office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Fundholders can access their accounts 24/7 when they log in at

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